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Duomo di Monreale

The Cathedral of Monreale, on a hill on the lower slopes of a mountain overlooking Palermo, was the last and most beautiful of the Norman churches built in Sicily, and one of the architectural wonders of the medieval world. A project of the Norman King William II (1153 - 1166 - 1189), the huge Cathedral took only 8 years to build (between 1174 and 1182).

 

Some idea of the richness of the interior mosaics, which cover the entire Cathedral, can be gleaned from the fact that they contain around 2,200 kilos of pure gold.

  

technique/processing

 

Partly HDR or better to say DRI - the golden middle is blended from a photo taken with -2EV. Both were handheld of course (no tripods allowed). Photoshop auto align took care of the slight shift.

 

"standard" processing after that - sharpening, levels, s-curve, slight cross processing, tonal contrast and a lil bit of glamour glow on the brighter parts.

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Taken on October 26, 2010